From Business Insider:
I have always been a book worm. When I was eight, I even won an award for “being an avid, spontaneous reader” (my reward was a book — a beautifully illustrated version of “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett).
Growing up, my room was full of shelves upon shelves of paperbacks and hardcovers. I kept a journal to remember all the books I had read. I scorned people who bent the corners of pages instead of using a bookmark, I couldn’t imagine marking up a book with a pen or highlighter, I hated when book spines cracked or covers bent.
When ebooks came on the scene, I thought they were ridiculous. Why would I want to read on a digital device when I could hold a lovely physical book, when I could smell the pages and have the satisfaction of turning real pages? I was, in short, a book fanatic.
I tell you all this because I’m never not surprised that I am now an ebook evangelist.
It all started when I (accidentally) became a tech reporter and I started to review e-readers. At first, I disliked having to test them and eagerly awaited going back to my paperbacks, but then I started traveling a lot for work and something clicked: Ebooks are good!
Ebooks vs. books: Why are ebooks better?
- They are much more portable than physical books, so you can carry dozens if not hundreds or thousands of them around with you on a device that weighs less than half a pound.
- You can download them in a matter of minutes so you don’t have to wait for them to be delivered if you ordered them online.
- You don’t have to go to the store to buy them.
- They are never out of stock because they are digital files.
- You can get many ebooks for free from Project Gutenberg, Amazon, and your local library.
- Ebooks often go on sale, so you can get bestsellers for $1 to $5. You can follow BookBub for deal alerts.
- They come with fun features like sharing highlighted quotations on social media, looking up words in the dictionary as you read, digital bookmarks, and much more.
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